USD $100 laptops

USD $100 laptops

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September 24th, 2007, 10:47 pm #1

'100 dollar laptops' to go on sale

Posted 1 hour 14 minutes ago

Inexpensive laptop computers designed for students in developing countries will be sold to the public in a buy-one, give-one scheme, the American non-profit organisation behind the project said.

The "100 dollar laptops" - which currently cost nearly twice that amount - will go on sale in the US and Canada for two weeks starting November 12, One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) said in a statement.

The non-profit group was organised by Nicholas Negroponte, a co-founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Laboratory, who came up with the idea of providing low-cost computers for students in underdeveloped countries as key step to promote education.

The sales program is designed to give the overall OLPC project more publicity, and to encourage open-source software developers to write programs for the laptop's operating system, the non-profit said.

The program is "a terrific opportunity for the public to help eliminate poverty and make the world a better place by inoculating children against ignorance," said Mr Negroponte in the statement.

The laptop - dubbed the XO - is a shock-and water-resistant device with a high-resolution screen that can be read in direct sunlight and in the dark, and has no moving parts aside from a rabbit ear antenna to connect to a wireless network.

The XO consumes about one-tenth of the energy a regular laptop uses, its designers say, and can be powered by solar energy or manually by pulling cords and hand cranks. It comes with a built-in video camera, a word processor, music and art software, and can be used as an electronic book reader.

Between November 12-26 US and Canadian customers can pay $US399 ($459) dollars for two XOs on a first-come, first-served basis. One laptop goes to the buyer, the other to a needy student the non-profit will determine.

OLPC said in May it hopes the price will come down to $US100 by 2009.

- AFP
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September 25th, 2007, 12:27 am #2

So will the laptops be sold in PNG or anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere?
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September 25th, 2007, 6:46 am #3

ABC news

SOLS: One Laptop Per Child pilot scheme being set up - 25/09/2007

A project which aims to eventually provide every child in the Pacific islands with a laptop computer linked to the internet is launching a trial of the idea in Solomon islands. A group of internet activists from New Zealand, Australia the Solomon Islands and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community want to see how the worldwide One Laptop Per Child initiative might work in our region.
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